Here’s an odd story: fruit has been banned in a Los Angeles County prision. Why, you ask? Pruno.
Pruno, “cellblock wine,” is made of fruit, sugar, and cafeteria punch. “It is potent, easy to brew and has been around for ages,” the article says. Starting in October, the prision stopped serving fresh fruit in the boxed lunches given to prisoners to make pruno production more difficult, with the end result being to lessen violence and substance addiction in the prison. State corrections officials are considering a state-wide ban on fresh fruit.
“Prisons already are prohibited from serving three popular pruno ingredients — oranges, raisins and sugar packets. But a state report determined that creative prisoners can make pruno from yams, flavored gelatin, honey, hard candies — anything with sugars that can be converted into alcohol in the fermentation process.” … “‘Some institutions have tried, and they’ve found that about the only thing they can serve is meat,’ [state corrections spokesman Russ ] Heimerich said. ‘You can make [pruno] out of ketchup. Some inmates were even using the frosting off of cakes. It’s pretty much an unwinnable battle.'”
Fruit is still served in the cafeteria during breakfast and dinner.